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The Grunwaldzki Bridge is the only road-tram hanging bridge in Poland. In 1905 the contest for a project of this bridge was announced. The impediment was the low shore of the river and the demanded height of vertical extreme shipping – 3,28m. The projects that were sent to the contest included only the arch and wall construction. The first prize was given to the project by R. Weyrauch and M. Mayer and this project was carried out . The Grunwaldzi Bridge went down in history of the world bridges due to usage of original construction solutions. It’s the only bridge in the world that hangs on the air carrier that are made from arranged on a flate plates and it’s got the original way of hanging to it with the stiffening beam hangers supporting the bridge. The hanging bridge for the demanded, a relatively small span of 112,5m in light, was not economical but they made such a decision because the bridge had the character of monumental work and its small construction didn’t cover the view of Ostrów Tumski.
The construction of the bridge started in February 1908 and finished in November 1910 with the opening ceremony which the emperor Wilhelm II took part in. At the beginning the bridge was called “the emperor bridge”, later “freedom bridge”. To construction of the bridge used 1976 tons of confluent iron, 289,5 tons of confluent steel, 4,1 tons of lead and 1,4 tons of copper and 7160 m3 of concrete. The bridge was made by Beuchelt Company from Zielona Góra. The construction was significantly affected during the warfare in 1945. The band carriers, bridges and pylons were destroyed. The damage could be even greater if the bridge fell down into river. It settled on four sunken barges and it could be used for military convoys and for pedestrian. The bridge was rebuilt in 1946-47. In 1976 it was entered in the register of historic monuments. During the war the bridge was used as a pass-through.
Merchants from Poland, Czech, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania and Hungary will have their stands at the Wroclaw’s Market Square. They will sell local products and treats that one can’t buy in the city shops like bread with caraway seeds, salmon sausages or delicious cheese. There will be an extensive range of treats like gingerbread, toys, artwork, crafts or jewelry. In the fairytale forest one can find the characters from familiar fairy tales and children can have fun on a carousel.
The winter won’t be a problem when one can drink local mulled wine in the ceramic mug. This year one can taste something new – chestnuts. The second new thing will be fish from the Barycz Valley. Carp, the king of the local ponds will be served in a different way: smoked or hot. The carp has been connected with Polish Christmas habits for a very long time. It’s difficult to say who is responsible for this habit but it is said that it was the Cistercian Order that was in Lubiąż in 1150. The Cisercians had the first ponds in the Barycz Valley. The monk’s passion for the carps was due to the fact that it was the beginning of Christianity and that they had a lot of fasts and they couldn’t eat meat. The carps were the only meal for monks and the chance for local population to earn some money. During the Christmas Fair one can taste different flavours of the carp.
Jan Garbarek started playing the saxophone when he was 14 years old because of the John Coltrane’s music. Nowadays he is one of the most important musicians on the contemporary jazz scene. Critics always emphasize a unique sound of his saxophone. A lot of albums, concerts in the greatest concert halls in the whole world, many years of cooperation with Keith Jarret or Hillard Ensemble made him very popular. At the Wroclaw’s concert Jan Garbarek will play with a keyboarder Rainer Brüninghaus, a Brazilian bass Yuri Daniel and a drummer Trilok Gurtu.
Jan Garberk Group
9.12.2010 8 p.m.
Auditorium Hall in the Regional Centre of Business Tourism Wystawowa Street 1
Tickets: 250 zl – Seating I 200 zl – Seating II 150 zl – Seating III 100 zl – Seating IV 60 zl –standing tickets(students)